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Sunday, June 25, 2017


Yesterday I headed to Lowell for a walk along the canals, an exploration of sorts.

I was fascinated by a moving sculpture, Pawtucket Prism, created by Michio Ihara. The sculpture was created 30 years ago and it was restored last year.

Created by sculptor Michio Ihara, of Concord, in 1987, the old silver- and gold-colored cubes were water-powered, intended to be spun by water. But the cubes had corroded with the water-powered system too difficult to maintain.

The metal cubes are now new and balanced in order to be moved by the wind, the work done by Ihara.

from the article Pawtucket Prism reborn in the Lowell Sun

I stood for a bit to watch the movement of the cubes. It was both mesmerizing and calming.

Pawtucket Prism, by Michio Ihara

Photos of buildings, canals, and assorted art jumped into my camera as I walked. You can view the photos in the gallery a walk in Lowell, 2017.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

cactus flowers

My sister has some cactus blooming in her garden, a misplaced but thriving plant in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania. My first outside cactus blooms popped up today; as I was driving down a street not too far from home a splash of yellow caught my eye.

I didn't expect to see flowering cactus thriving outside in northeastern Massachusetts. What a wonderful surprise!

cactus flowers

Friday, June 23, 2017


As I headed to the area of Maudslay State Park where stands of mountain laurel flourish, I walked by the end of Flowering Pond. Reflections of trees in the still waters of the pond created serenity.

Flowering Pond, Maudslay State Park

Thursday, June 22, 2017

mountain laurel

One of the things Maudslay State Park is known for is " of the largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts". I had never before walked in the area of the park where the mountain laurel live; today I set out to correct that lapse.

It was simply amazing to be in the woods surrounded by a sea of exquisite white flowers.

mountain laurel

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


It seems that the flowers in the garden know that the summer solstice has arrived. The beauties of late spring - the iris and the peonies - are faded and almost gone. Summer blooms are starting to arrive.

While I prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and autumn, the longer days of summer can be a treat. Technically the solstice started at 12:24 AM today, making yesterday the longest day of the year.

wild rose

If you're curious about the solstice you may be interested in the article Summer solstice is here. What does it mean? in today's Boston Globe.

Monday, June 19, 2017

back to the beach

Today felt like a good time to visit the completed sand sculptures at Hampton Beach. While the light later in the day would have been kinder from both a photographic and a looking point of view, I chose to listen to the forecast of a severe thunderstorm watch for the afternoon, heading to the beach in the early morning.

I headed straight for the sand sculptures, comparing the in progress work in my mind with the finished creations waiting to delight the eye.

Get out of the box, by Abe Waterman

I walked on the beach for a while, eventually moving to the sidewalk as the water encroached on the sea wall. The air inland was a bit muggy but there was cool air rising from the ocean, a wonderful feeling.

Photos of the finished sculptures can be seen in the gallery emergence :: Hampton Beach 2017 starting with this photo.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Tiny flowers appear in a cloud of white.

tiny flowers in white

Saturday, June 17, 2017

emerging from sand

This is the week of the annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic. The solo competition runs for three days, with the sculptors set to work specified hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Since I enjoy seeing the work in progress, I headed to Hampton Beach in the middle of the day yesterday.

The sculptors were on their lunch break when I arrived. That meant I could see the sculptures at a quiet point, and that I was able to watch some of the creative process a bit later. As always, I'm in awe at what these skillful sculptors are able to create from sand.

Keep in mind that the sculptures in the photos below are works in progress; work time left included Friday afternoon, and Saturday.

Look at the eyes in the second sculpture below, simply amazing.

sand sculpture at Hampton Beach

sand sculpture at Hampton Beach

The full gallery can be seen by clicking emergence :: Hampton Beach 2017.

My goal is to head back within the next few days to see the finished creations.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


I was about to head for home when I looked up and saw an impressionist painting, a reflection on the surface of a pond at Harold Parker State Forest.

I moved closer to the water, looking, enjoying the beauty.

a watercolor, at Harold Parker State Forest

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

a busy bee

As my eyes seek the color and shapes of a beautiful garden, bees feast on the nectar of the flowers.

bee on flower